Evernote Continues to Get Better with Another Update

Evernote Continues to Get Better with Another Update

Feb 28, 2015

Evernote seems to enjoy being one of the best note-taking tools on the market; it is getting yet another update:

Update includes:
– Improved formatting bar
– Ability to re-order reminders
– Improved camera for L devices
– Bug fixes

Evernote remains free (with optional in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is Now Available for Amazon Fire TV

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is Now Available for Amazon Fire TV

Feb 28, 2015

The well-received Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is getting the Amazon Fire TV treatment; in other words, owners of the dual streaming/gaming set-top box can now play the game with controls specifically remapped for the Fire TV game controller.


An epic Star Wars role-playing experience with unique characters, creatures, vehicles and planets.
Learn to use the Force with over 40 different powers, plus build your own Lightsaber.
Adventure through iconic Star Wars locations, including Tatooine and the Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk.
Choose your party from nine customizable Star Wars characters, including Twi’leks, Droids and Wookiees.
Travel to eight enormous worlds in your own starship, the Ebon Hawk.
A streamlined user interface custom-made for the touch screen helps immerse you in the action.
Full HID controller support for those gamers that prefer the original control scheme.
For the first time, Star WarsTM: Knights of the Old RepublicTM has achievements!

The game is available for $9.99 on the Amazon Appstore.

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[Check out our reviews of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Amazon Fire TV]

King of Thieves Launches as Amazon Appstore Exclusive

King of Thieves Launches as Amazon Appstore Exclusive

Feb 28, 2015

ZeptoLab has a new game out called King of Thieves.

Dodge traps and steal gold from other players in this unique mix of platformer and PVP multiplayer game. Introducing King of Thieves, the new game from the makers of award-winning Cut the Rope, loved by millions of players worldwide!

STEAL SHINY THINGS. Collect gold and gems from other players to become the wealthiest thief in the world!
DEFEND YOUR LOOT. Design your dungeons and watch other thieves getting into your traps. Muhaha!
CLAIM THE THRONE. Compete with other players worldwide, leaving your rivals on the bottom of leaderboards.
GET CRAFTY. Create new outfits for your character. The most nifty thieves should look really cool!
TRAVEL AND EXPLORE. Test your agility through 80 single-mode levels or dive into the underground world of user generated content.
CREATE AND JOIN GUILDS. Find reliable allies to stand against hostile guilds of thieves!

The game is available for free (with in app purchases) exclusively on the Amazon Appstore.

Checkpoint Champion gets major update!

Checkpoint Champion gets major update!

Feb 27, 2015

Checkpoint Champion, a addictive little driving game recently reviewed on AR by yours truly has received a major update. Included in the update is a new set of icy stages full of slidey fun, a new car, lots of new challenges and more. This makes a already great game even better.

The list of new features, direct from the app page:

What’s New
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NEW LOCATION! – Ice Lake
– Features 24 brand new challenges!
– Ice and Snow terrain!
NEW ARENA!
– With a surprise mix of checkpoints!
NEW CAR! – Britannia Micro
– Features a slower turning speed – great for beginners!
– 7 shiny new paint jobs to unlock!
OTHER IMPROVEMENTS
– Added immersive mode.
– Added an Event of the Day star counter.
– Improved performance on slower devices!
– Various small bug fixes and improvements.

Citymaps Launches on Android

Citymaps Launches on Android

Feb 27, 2015

Citymaps, the social mapping utility that helps users create “collaborative” tools, is making its presence on Android.


With Citymaps, you can easily find the places that matter most to you and your friends, get insider tips and see photos by following friends and tastemakers, and find amazing deals at between 50%-80% off on the best stuff to see, do, eat and buy — all in one place.
* GET MEANINGFUL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FRIENDS AND TASTEMAKERS
Follow people with similar tastes and you’ll see all their tips appear on your map. When you leave tips, they’ll be visible to you and your followers. It makes finding someplace new to try a breeze.
* DISCOVER GREAT LOCAL DEALS
We pull in deals from all the major deal providers including Groupon and Travelzoo, giving you access to discounts at thousands of businesses across the country. Any business logo with the “$” sign is offering a deal. Make sure to check it out.
* ADD NEW PLACES TO THE MAP
Don’t see your favorite place on the map? No problem. You can now personalize your map by adding your favorite restaurants, bars, and stores as well as your favorite picnic spot or street art mural. Simply long-tap on the map and watch a “pin” drop to mark the spot.
* SEARCH LIKE A LOCAL
Easily filter the map to see the places you and your friends love. You can quickly search all your places (or your friends’ places) with 1-tap. Searching on Citymaps is the easiest way to know what’s good.
* MAKE MAPS, COLLECT PLACES
Maps are collections of places that matter to you (e.g., “My favorite NYC brunch spots”). Collect your favorite places and give your map a creative title to show off your local knowledge. Explore other people’s maps to discover new places.
* ADD PHOTOS TO PLACES
Now you can add your own photos to places. Photos live in your profile as well as each place. Just tap the photo icon next to “Drop a tip” when you tap a place on the map.
* QUICKLY SEE WHAT’S AROUND YOU
Our LOGO map means you’ll never be lost again, ever! And finding a place nearby? That just got a whole lot easier.

Citymaps Founder and CEO Elliot Cohen mentions the importance of remembering places. “Citymaps 2.0 is our most significant update and provides users with a ‘one stop shop’ to create and discover social maps,” he says. “One out of every two people keep lists of places they want to remember – Citymaps makes it easier than ever to do this, and lets users take the information with them on-the-go.”

The app is available for free on the Play Store.

Buzz Killem Drops on Android Courtesy of Noodlecake

Buzz Killem Drops on Android Courtesy of Noodlecake

Feb 26, 2015

Noodlecake is going big with its latest release, and asking folks to “channel (their) inner Rambo” with Buzz Killem.

THEY CAME IN PEACE. THEY’LL LEAVE IN PIECES.
Brought to you by the creators of the hit game Bill Killem! Buzz Killem is the story of a retired War Veteran called back into action after an Alien welcoming party greets Earth. And he is the father of famed action star Bill Killem.
Embark on missions of explosive proportions as you save America for the wrath of alien invaders! Visit usually peaceful and pleasant tourist spots like the Statue of Liberty and Grand Central Station and defend them from utter obliteration!
FEATURES
• Multiple Stages with a variety of missions to accomplish
• Smooth on-screen controls and platformer gameplay.
• Retro graphics, sound effects, and music!
• Tons of unlockables! New outfits, new guns, and new power-ups are yours for the taking!

The game is available for $0.99 (with in-app purchases) on Google Play and Amazon Appstore.

[Source: Noodlecake Press Release]

Google Announces New Initiative Google for Work

Google Announces New Initiative Google for Work

Feb 25, 2015

In the “not so shocking news of the day” category, Google is showing an especially increased interest in the mobile space with its announcement of Google for work.

According to a post on the aptly named Official Google for Work Blog, Google for Work looks to assist entities “bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform.”

The new initiative has four key components:

Work profiles – We’ve built on the default encryption, enhanced SELinux security enforcement and multi-user support in Android 5.0, Lollipop to create a dedicated work profile that isolates and protects work data. IT can deploy approved work apps right alongside their users’ personal apps knowing their sensitive data remains secured. People can use their personal apps knowing their employer only manages work data and won’t erase or view their personal content.
Android for Work app – For devices running Ice Cream Sandwich through Kitkat, or that don’t run work profiles natively, we’ve created the Android for Work app. The app, which delivers secure mail, calendar, contacts, documents, browsing and access to approved work apps, can be completely managed by IT.
Google Play for Work – Google Play for Work allows businesses to securely deploy and manage apps across all users running Android for Work, simplifying the process of distributing apps to employees and ensuring that IT approves every deployed app.
Built-in productivity tools – For everyday business tasks, we’ve created a suite of business apps for email, contacts and calendar, which supports both Exchange and Notes and provides document editing capabilities for documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Google has also secured some big names with regards to partners; the list reads like a Who’s Who in mobile device management: BlackBerry, Box, SAP, Citrix, MobileIron, Salesforce, Adobe, Cisco, and more.

Our partners bring IT:

Consistent management – Enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers integrate with standardized management APIs to create a simple way to manage all Android devices, new and old, from one dashboard. All Android for Work capabilities are delivered through EMM partners, with more providers available soon.
Secure business apps – Software vendors and developers can create a single version of any Google Play app that can be securely deployed to any Android device without alterations or wrapping. And they can create standard management configurations that allow IT to apply policies per app.
Innovative devices – Android smartphone and tablet makers are a key part of the Android for Work program, as they create devices and experiences that add additional value for customers.

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We are looking forward to seeing how Google brings it all together in the near future.

[Source: Google for Work Blogpost]

Home Fitness Company Nautilus, Inc Introduces Google Fit Integration

Home Fitness Company Nautilus, Inc Introduces Google Fit Integration

Feb 25, 2015

Nautilus Inc, the company behind well known home fitness systems, announced today that its Bowflex Max Trainer will support Google Fit.

Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS), a leader in innovative home fitness equipment, announced today its Bowflex Max Trainer® will support Google Fit.

Google Fit is an open health-tracking platform designed for Android™, which collects and stores fitness data from different devices and apps in one location to provide users with a comprehensive view of their fitness activities. Now users can seamlessly sync their Bowflex Max Trainer® workouts with the Google Fit app and see how many calories they’ve burned, their heart rate, workout level, and time.

Compatibility with Google Fit follows closely on the heels of the company’s integration with Apple HealthKit, and is part of Nautilus, Inc.’s ongoing digital strategy to integrate with health and fitness platforms – including apps like MyFitnessPal – across all of its Bluetooth® Smart-enabled fitness equipment. This also reinforces the company’s commitment to innovation and the importance of providing users with their health data.

“Through its support of Google Fit, Nautilus, Inc. continues to lead the fitness equipment category by integrating with the latest offerings that give consumers the information they need to make decisions about their health,” said Rob Murdock, Vice President/General Manager of Nautilus, Inc. “Research shows that digital connectivity, and the ability to track progress, play a critical role in keeping people motivated and engaged.”

[Source: Nautilus Press Release]

NY Times Relaunches Android App, Gets Refreshed Look and More

NY Times Relaunches Android App, Gets Refreshed Look and More

Feb 25, 2015

The New York Times has just relaunched its App for Android. The new refreshed app is based on the feedback of its beta program, the app brings some interesting features to the app.

-A new way to navigate with shortcuts for quick swiping across popular sections at the top of the screen.

-A streamlined layout for tablets making better use of screen real estate.

-Article pages featuring richer media, custom type and elements of Android’s Material Design.

-Morning Briefing: A redesigned daily notification that tells you what happened overnight and gives you a headstart on the day ahead.

-Breaking news alerts that link to developing stories, taking users directly to the news they need with a single tap.

-A new widget combining the day’s best photographs with the most important stories for a top-level view of the news.

The NYT app continues to roll out gradually to users; Android users are welcome to join the Google+ hosted Beta Program.

[Source: NYT Press Release]

Outwitters 2.0 Gets Release Date and New Trailer

Outwitters 2.0 Gets Release Date and New Trailer

Feb 25, 2015

While noting some unfortunate delays, One Man Left Studios is letting folks know that it’s upcoming title Outwitters 2.0 is just about ready for a March release on Android.

Take turns against friends or let us match you to a worthy opponent in this quirky turn-based strategy game. You’ll maneuver your troops through the fog of war in 1 on 1 or 2 vs 2 battles where the first player to destroy the enemy base wins. Four races are at your disposal, each with a unique special unit to master. Will you fight alongside a hermit crab cannon, a brainwasher, a creeping thorny octopus, or a troop-teleporting narwhal?
Features
Take turns asynchronously, or pass the device
1-on-1 or 2-on-2 mayhem!
Battle players of similar skill with league placement & matchmaking
New seasons arrive to shake up the leaderboards
Build a friends list and chat in-game
Works on both tablets and phones

We also get to see a new gameplay trailer below:

Spacetime Studios Announces Upcoming Game, Unveils Trailer

Spacetime Studios Announces Upcoming Game, Unveils Trailer

Feb 25, 2015

Upcoming game alert!

Well-respected app development house Spacetime Studios just announced an upcoming, MOBA-style game called Call of Champions.

Call of Champions is specifically designed for how gamers actually use their mobile devices – in short 5-minute sessions. Featuring 3v3 matches that distill the traditional MOBA elements down to their core components while adding unique powerups and a 5-minute match time limit, Call of Champions immerses players in a fiction that takes place in a time beyond the cosmos as they take on the role of a godlike entity that controls Champions in the arena for sport.

There isn’t any information on pricing or exact time of release, but we’ll be looking forward to hearing more about this game, and potentially trying it out in a formal manner. For writers out there, the developer is letting it be known that journalists can check out the new app at the upcoming GDC.

As an added bonus, we get to see a reveal trailer below:

LinkedIn Brings its Focused Networking Tool Connected to Android

LinkedIn Brings its Focused Networking Tool Connected to Android

Feb 24, 2015

In an effort to be even more relevant, LinkedIn recently released a new standalone application aimed at strengthening professional relationships on the Play Store.

The new app, called Connected, looks to enable users to hone in and be updated on personal and professional status changes. Formerly an iOS exclusive, the app is definitely a welcome addition on Android OS.

The new LinkedIn Connected app is a fast, easy, and smarter way to strengthen your professional relationships. Why is that important? Because most opportunities come from the people you already know, and fostering genuine relationships can help you be more successful. Connected gives you relevant updates about the people you know, so you can reach out when it matters most.
So invest in your connections today for opportunities tomorrow.
• Know when to reach out. Get notified about jobs changes, birthdays, work anniversaries, & more.
• Focus on the people who matter with relevant, timely updates.
• Make a great impression and start better conversations with pre-meeting intelligence.
• Build stronger relationships in just a few minutes a day.

LinkedIn Connected is free on the Play Store.